I've had this idea for a while, and I figured I might as well get started. I'm going to show you how to paint your valve cover. I'm doing this on a 1989 Honda Prelude 4WS Si and on a 1995 Honda Accord EX VTEC. *NOTE* Please let me know if I missed anything. I'll add it in as soon as I know about it.
Step 1: Collect your materials!
First off, this isn't going to be a really simple job. If you can't use a spray paint can, a screw driver, or a socket wrench, have someone else do this. If you mess up, it's not going to look good, and will be quite hard to fix.
Here's what all you should need:
Hi-Temp spray paint ( I used Dupli-Color Engine Enamel)
Aircraft Remover (Yes, that's what it's called. It's paint remover.)
Windex! (Regular Windex)
Old Towel (Clean is best!)
Hi-Temp primer (I used Dupli-Color flat gray primer)
A Wire Brush
Two portable clean hard surfaces ( I used an old tub lid, and a water damaged bit of fiberboard)
Daylight! Don't do this at night!
Lots of paper towels.
Step 2: Let's Begin!
Alright. First thing you're going to want to do is remove the valve cover. If you're doing this on a car like mine, you're going to need a 10mm Metric socket. I had to disconnect my alternator cables, as they ran over my valve cover. If you have to do the same, I STRONGLY suggest disconnecting your battery. Once you've got the obstructions removed, you can begin work on the valve cover.